Biblical families are excellent role models for coping with today's family problems, say co-authors of this new book, which examines how families of the Bible serve as role models for families now.
Family relationships have always been difficult, regardless of the time in history, the authors say. Too often today modern families erroneously conclude they are confronting matters with which no one has dealt with before. Instead, the authors say similarities between past and present situations abound.
In Families of the Bible: How They Coped with Today’s Issues, Howard Hovde and Louis Moore examine biblical families’ lives and offer practical tips for parents of modern-day homes.
In this matter-of-fact look at the lessons that can be learned from biblical families, Hovde and Moore inspect 12 different familial situations from the Bible and extract the important connections with issues in today’s society.
The authors begin with a study of the family system and analyze why problems occur within families. Hovde and Moore then tackle topics such as murder, grief, infertility, sibling rivalry, adoption, the loss of a child, the importance of a spiritual family, empty nests and more. To learn how parents should interact with each other and with their children to provide the best home life possible, Hovde and Moore dive into the lives of Cain and Abel, Abraham, Jacob and Esau, Moses, David, the Prodigal Son, Paul and others.
Hovde and Moore hope this unique material will “make the journey with family easier and more exciting.” This book is perfect for parents who need help within their family, but Families of the Bible could also be helpful as a basis for a sermon series or a Bible study, or as a device used within premarital or marital counseling sessions.
Howard Hovde, Ed.D. (left) has been a marriage and family therapist, a pastor, and director of the Laity Lodge Retreat Center in Kerrville, TX. He is a popular speaker at seminars conferences, and programs on marriage and family life. He and his wife, Carole, live in Kerrville.
Louis Moore (right) has been a newspaper reporter editor, book author, and media manager for a religious denomination. He and his wife, Kay, have led marriage enrichment retreats for couples throughout the United States and internationally. They live in Garland, TX.